Liverpool manager was blown away by the performance of Wolves forward Adama Traore during Thursday’s hard-fought win at Molineux. Reds extended their lead at the top of the table to an astonishing 16 points when, against the run of play, Roberto Firmino pounced with six minutes remaining to secure a 2-1 victory.
The Merseyside club had been pinned back in the second half and were on the ropes after Spain international created Raul Jimenez’s equaliser following a lung-bursting run and excellent cross into the penalty area.
Adama created numerous problems for Andy Robertson whose own customary attacking forays were limited by an opponent who has been linked with a move to Anfield in recent weeks. Commenting on Traore’s display afterwards, the German tactician said: ‘Traore is unplayable in moments, it’s unbelievable.
What a footballer it’s not only him but he’s so good.’ Jurgen’s praise was echoed by his skipper Jordan Henderson, who had earlier headed his side into an eighth-minute lead. ‘Traore is very tough, strong, powerful, quick,’ said the England international.
I thought we did well with that.’ Adama, who recorded his seventh assist of an increasingly productive and reputation enhancing campaign, was handed the man of the match award by BT pundit Steve McManaman amid ultimately ending up on the losing side.
‘The club did well today,’ said the Spaniard, reflecting on the defeat. ‘We worked hard throughout the match. ‘Sad we didn’t get the win or the draw, but we have to keep pushing, working and taking the positive things, fight to the end. ‘Disappointed not to take points but we take the experience.’